Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Teaching as Craft or Performance?

Though I certainly see teaching in part as a craft, I am more inclined to regard it as a performative exercise. Of course one must adjust the fine points of one's instructions if he or she ever wishes to hone the small gears of the learning process for students. But the performance of the content, especially in the style of delivery and willingness to engage with students on the subject, I think is paramount. The details of planning and organization should never be eschewed in favor of overly-Romantic conceptions of teaching. Still, it seems students react to a persona more so than to a method. My thoughts on the matter are subject to continuous evolution.

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